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Author: carlenehempel

I teach journalism at Northeastern University in Boston, and am leading a team of students abroad to report and write.

Even after most have left, an effort to keep Chinatown alive

Shugui Luo sits underneath the moderate spring sun, scanning passersby from the porch of Tien Tan, the local Chinese restaurant he works for, located on the vibrant Cuchillo street in the heart of the city’s Chinatown. One of only an estimated 70 ethnically Chinese immigrants still living within what used to be the largest Chinatown in Latin America, Luo, 50, lives in Havana with a Cuban wife and a 12-year-old son.